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Old 07-16-2004, 12:09 PM   #1
Join Date: May 2004
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Proper spacing for technique in public..

How does someone maintain proper spacing in social situations without giving up ground or your personal freedom of movement as a citizen? Or if you can't maintain proper spacing because it has already been compromised then how do you prepare for a physical confrontation while the verbal confrontation is still occurring without unnecessarily escalating? Such as,

"Get out of my seat!"

"No I am not moving. I was here and I am not leaving."

"You better sit down or I am going to kick your a$$!

"I told you no!"

This may also apply if your were to be confronted in a parking lot in between 2 parked cars.
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Old 07-16-2004, 03:28 PM   #2
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Re: Proper spacing for technique in public..

1) Get out of the seat. Since the person was really not interested in a seat but more in starting a confrontation, now they'll be in a less mobile position (sitting), or if they don't sit down, at least you'll be standing already, giving you a more mobile when they start physically attacking you.

On the other hand, sitting gives you a lower center, and you can pull someone down and put their head through the wall.

2) If you're confronted in parking lot, there's probably going to be one person in front of you who asks you some stupid question and another person coming up behind you. If it's not too late, you need to clock one of them in the face, slip past them and run.
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Old 07-17-2004, 01:02 AM   #3
Location: Fayetteville, AR, USA
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Re: Proper spacing for technique in public..

Kill them with kindess is what I always say. Just be as humble as possible without letting them think you are a pushover(it can be hard to do). Move from the seat and maybe even throw in an apology, and maybe offer to get the guy a free drink or something. Who knows, he may turn out to be your best friend in the future.
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